Kansas school kids are not likely to dismissed for “tornado days”.
Officials in Oklahoma have been talking about whether to institute “tornado days” in which classes would be called off when the threat of tornadoes is unusually high. Their Kansas counterparts say they haven’t even considered such a move, which could create more problems than it solves.
Nine schoolchildren were killed in May 2013 when a tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma. A researcher says prior to that, the last tornado death during a school day in Oklahoma came in 1930.
Schools in Mississippi and Alabama have tornado day policies in place, but it’s not likely the practice will spread to Kansas. Wichita school officials say part of the reason is that they’re reluctant to encourage parents to come get their children during tornado warnings.
Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle